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Title: We Awaken
Author: Calista Lynne
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: 07/14/2016
Victoria Dinham doesn’t have much left to look forward to. Since her father died in a car accident, she lives only to fulfill her dream of being accepted into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. But soon she finds another reason to look forward to dreams when she encounters an otherworldly girl named Ashlinn, who bears a message from Victoria’s comatose brother. Ashlinn is tasked with conjuring pleasant dreams for humans, and through the course of their nightly meetings in Victoria’s mind, the two become close. Ashlinn also helps Victoria understand asexuality and realize that she, too, is asexual.
But then Victoria needs Ashlinn’s aid outside the realm of dreams, and Ashlinn assumes human form to help Victoria make it to her dance audition. They take the opportunity to explore New York City, their feelings for each other, and the nature of their shared asexuality. But like any dream, it’s too good to last. Ashlinn must shrug off her human guise and resume her duties creating pleasant nighttime visions—or all of humanity will pay the price.
Recent Release Spotlight with Calista Lynne.
We are here today to talk about We Awaken. What can you tell us about it?
This is my first novel. It is young adult magical realism and tells the story of two female asexuals in a same sex relationship. Truly the whole thing is a love story, just with a bit of a fantastical backdrop at times, not to mention some quirky antics when they are forced to take an impromptu trip to NYC.
Please tell us more about our main characters.
Victoria is a ballerina trying to get into the Manhattan Dance Conservatory. Ashlinn is a creator of dreams who manages to get into the other girl’s head in many ways. One is more sure of her asexuality than the other and they use their relationship to find themselves and navigate life as a teenager.
What about We Awaken makes you the proudest?
I wrote the book I would have wanted to have in high school. I’m proud of the fact that it might help young people who are unsure of their sexuality come to terms with it easier, and that it explains to everyone what it means to be ace and that there is nothing wrong with being that way. Asexuals aren’t broken.
What is next for these characters? Is there more to this series? If so who will we hear from next?
I’m not overly sure. I have a vague idea for a sequel but would only write it if there was enough interest. There are a few other projects I’m hoping to tackle before returning to Ashlinn and Victoria.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Don’t talk about your novel. Write your novel. Even if it’s crap the first time (and it probably will be) just put words on paper and get a draft. Having great ideas only helps if you actually do something with them.
What’s your favorite thing to wear?
Glitter and my pink Doc Martens. I rarely go a day without either of them.
Do you ever abandon a draft partly written and just move on? Do you keep a file of plot ideas?
This has become a bit of a running theme with me lately. I just abandoned the completed second draft of a novel because I’ve come up with a much better idea that I believe will yield a story I’ll be more proud of. I save everything and will return to that one, but right now I have to do what I’m passionate about. I hope this doesn’t contradict my writing advice from a few questions ago…
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
I’d like to be able to make plants grow. Currently I’m a bit of a cactus queen but it would be nice to not kill every flower I touch. Especially considering my book cover is nothing but flowers.
Do you remember a character talking about a particular food and it made you want to eat it RIGHT NOW? And if yes, what was it?
I didn’t get to eat it at the time, but I was on a hunt for Turkish Delight my entire childhood because of Narnia. Now I live in London most of the year and it’s much easier to locate so I go on Turkish Delight binges.
- Tropical island or snow covered mountain cabin? Tropical island. I’d get sunburnt but that’s better than freezing.
- Favorite Color? Pink.
- Australia or England? Have to say England because I spend too much time there to say otherwise.
- Sushi or pasta? Sushi.
- Pastel or neon (bright)? Pastel.
- Trees or Flowers? Flowers.
- Coffee, black or doctored? Both. But doctored if I have the option. Milk and sugar, please.
- Red Heads or Blondes? Blonde. I am one (thanks to bleach) and we do have more fun.
What are you working on? What is next?
Soon I’m going to begin working on a middle grade novel about fairies and time distortion. It should be a lot of fun. I was struck with the idea on a dreadfully long plane flight to America and now it must be written.
About the Author
Calista Lynne grew up on the American East Coast and is currently studying in London. She is having difficulty adjusting to the lack of Oxford commas across the pond and writes because it always seemed to make more sense than mathematics. Look for her near the caffeinated beverages.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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